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How to wean off hydrocodone succesfully

I take no more then 40mg of hydrocodone a day. I know that is not much compared to some people that I have heard of. But I realize addiction is addiction. Anyways I want off of these stupid things and I just want to feel normal again. I cant do it cold turkey because the sickness is too much to tolerate. So I want to try the taper method. If I could do something where I dont feel sick then I know I can stop taking them. What is the best method for weaning of hydrocodones?
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While your total daily intake is not too high, I am glad you understand that you are still addicted to them.   Now, they don't call it "kicking the habit for nothing" as I can well attest, so to wean down for me was the best way to go.  I took one half of a 7.5 mg tablet before I ran out of them.  You could tapper down say 3&one half for a week, then 3 aday for a week then 2&one-half for the next week.  ect ect....   This does not work for many people, they just have to cold-turkey it and get it done.  If you can get clonidine, and a few tranzene to help, they really did help me.  Immodium,otc pain meds,benadryl,,, the Thomas Recipe in the Health Pages has all the info on it.  Within 24 hrs or so of your last dose(final) you will be in W/D and you just go with it. Take what meds you can and wait it out.  Be prepared for interupted sleep as many of us have had rls while w/d, .......  it will get better by the 5 or 6th day.  It takes determination and stubborness to do but I did it so can others.  If you can, consult with your dr. to get the clonidine & tranzene,  it really helped me so much on days 2,3,4....   Best wishes....... post often and stay in touch ,,,,ask questions

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i weaned off those too. you set up a date for quitting and slowly take less and less. mine was for a month. it is uncomfortable , but nothing like the cold turkey.
i had tried this in the past and not successful.

so this time, i set aside everything. no pressures what-so-ever. didn't go to work (got a new job later) kids are all grown up. so all i had to do was take care of myself. that is what it would be, in a rehab place.

it helps if you put some good planning in the after time. for when you are completely off. because it will be very easy to fall back into it. a change in routine. be it job, home, friends, hobbies , whatever. if things are different, it just seemed alot easier. or not. it just depends on how much you are dependant on the pills for.
hah- me. i could not even get up and take a shower without them.
but it is over a year now and all is good.
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How were the withdrawls after weening? We they intense? Had you experienced them before?
Were they at least managable compared to cold turkey?

I'm almost at the end. I have my end date. For about 3 days here I'm on a half pill (5mg) of hydro (1/2 pill every 24 hours)...Then I'm done!
I have been tapering down from about 15/day for about a month and a half to 2 months.

Considering what I've been through before with cold turkey, this is heaven...
Ha!

Anyway, I'm trying to plan that last dose and wondering since I've never done it this way, how bad am I gonna be?
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As far as what worked for me the taper is the only way to do this ....I had a couple of rough days but if it had not been for the taper I would have never been able to do it...I also had my mom and husband take my pills from me and dole them out on a day to day basis so I would not be tempted to take extra..the first couple of days were tough mostly because I knew that I would be done taking them soon ....the trick for me was tapering slowly and setting a particular end date..having an actual day made it very real ...I was taking 18-20 pills a day of hydrocodone or vicoprofen and started my taper on 12 tabs a day then dropped it by 1 pill every other day and by the time I was down to 1 or 2 a day it just seemed almost silly...I kept myself really really busy and my husband did too...silly stuff like planting flowers and doing crosswords and going bowling.....anything to keep my from sitting around wanting to take pills....good for you for recognizing that an addiction is what it is and just by doing that you have made a good start...I would suggest getting L lysine and B complex because when the anxiety eases up it was like my muscles wouldnt even fire and those 2 vitamins helped a ton with some energy to function....GOOD LUCK you can do this and feel free to send me a msg or note if you need a friend or support....another tough part is once you are done make sure you dont convince yourself that you now have everything under control and can start taking them again...think long and hard about that   take care
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Hello every one I went through rehab back in Aug, I came out on suboxen the docter took it away after not haveing knee surgrey , will her I'am wonting oand looking at outher pepole saying wy cant a be normal like them , I take 10/650 tabs 1 three times a day I have tryed to quit cold turkey and I cant hange so I was woundering how to quit with out the with drawels , Please help me I cant do this no more and the doc says her are some more I get 120 a mth , I just wont to be done and have energy to take of the kids house and the farm , Thanks for reading my story I need all the help ,
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Hi just call me Byhisblood....i know what its like when a doctor gives u pain meds with  problem i was diagnosed with crohis over 13years ago n although i have very sevear pain at times i still wanted to be done with the meds i wanted my life back to b a mother to my kids n a wife to my husband i took 4-6 100msg a day i am on 1 aday  n tonight i will be on haft  until they are gone the with draw where kind of bad but have gotten better i give al glory to God and the Blood of Jesus I am praying for you you can do this
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